6 Steps to Looking After Nets

6 Steps to Looking After Nets

We’re always banging on about netting fruit trees, because as you’ve probably experienced if you’re trying to grow fruit in the same habitat as birds, possums, rats and all manner of animals who like to eat fruit (kangaroos, anyone?), if you...
Could grasshoppers be eating your fruit?

Could grasshoppers be eating your fruit?

If you still have fruit on your trees this summer, you may have seen this type of damage on it. It’s caused by grasshoppers (or more unusually, locusts), which can become quite a problem from about mid-summer onward. A locust on the window of our packing shed...
Netting options for backyard fruit trees

Netting options for backyard fruit trees

Fruit damage from birds, bats and possums is high on the list of complaints from home fruit growers. This week we look at various netting options, and how they can protect your crop from most of these problems. The birds left us the stems! The cherry trees we planted...
Top 4 tips for getting rid of tiny bugs

Top 4 tips for getting rid of tiny bugs

The Rutherglen bugs are backā€”have you seen them on your fruit? Rutherglen bugs covering a nectarine A few years ago we (and everyone else trying to grow fruit on the east coast of Australia) had a plague of these tiny bugs, but we’ve seen very few since then....
The Fruit Fly Story

The Fruit Fly Story

Mount Alexander Shire Fruit Fly Officer Tracey Watson at the Maldon fruit fly workshop We’re always trying to learn more about fruit tree pests and diseases, and learned a lot of new stuff about Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) at a recent workshop by Andrew Jessup...
There’s slugs on my fruit trees!

There’s slugs on my fruit trees!

Have you seen these critters on your fruit trees? Pear and cherry slug These are pear and cherry slugs, and as you can see, they eat the leaves on pear and cherry trees. The first question to ask yourself when you see these creepy looking slugs (as with all pests and...
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